Author: Mikel

Major Church/State Issues in Kentucky

(Reposted from The Kentucky Secular Society) Here is a list of Ky House and Senate Bills in process and my brief thoughts about each. The links go to the text of the bills so you can review them if you want to see more detail. KY is going crazy. House Bill 128, Creation of Biblical Literacy Course www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/HB128.htm Opposed because this is an opportunity for teachers to preach religion in the classroom. If this course is really for literary purposes, it should include other mythologies and literatures that have impacted our culture as well. House Bill 103, Charter School bill permitting existing private and religious schools into charter schools for the purpose of receiving tax money. www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/HB103.htm Opposed to charter schools because they do not serve the public in the way that public schools do and bleed funds away from the public schools. House Bill 105, Religious Freedom bill prohibiting jail or fines on the basis of denial of services for religious convictions. www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/HB105.htm This is a license for people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in particular due to their religious beliefs. House Bill 2, Require Ultrasound before all abortions www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/HB2.htm It’s ridiculous to require women who are exercising their rights to medical treatment to undergo an unnecessary and costly medical procedure. There is no reason for this other than blocking and shaming abortion. House Bill 106,...

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February 2017: Dan Canon

In this episode we talk with civil rights lawyer Dan Canon about the stability of marriage rights under the new administration, the executive order affecting immigration rights, and the general state of America. ——— Here are the upcoming Atheist and Freethought events around the Bluegrass state for February! On February 1: Tristate Freethinkers is hosting What the pope doesn’t know about human sexuality, and much more. With Keynote Speaker: Darrel Ray From 7 to 9 at Newport on the Levee https://www.meetup.com/tristatefreethinkers/events/234904897/   On February 2: The Humanist Forum of Central Kentucky is hosting NOAA scientist Mike Callahan & Darwin Day! Mike Callahan, Service Hydrologist for NOAA, will be talking about the model used by meteorologists for weather prediction at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington from 7pm to 8:30  https://www.facebook.com/events/624259744424432/   On February 5: The Owensboro Area Humanists are holding their monthly volunteering event at the Daniel Pitino Shelter, starting at 11am. Each month they prepare, cook, and serve meals at the Daniel Pitino Shelter soup kitchen. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. https://www.facebook.com/events/347624862285165/   On February 6: Lexington Atheists will have their monthly social event Atheist Encounter at the Golden Corral https://www.meetup.com/The-Lexington-Atheists-Meetup-Group/events/236972032/   Ongoing meetings of the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers include Reasonable Living on Sundays at 10:00 AM, at Molly Malones Something’s Brewing on Wednesdays, 7:00pm, at Safai Café Secular Organization for Sobriety on Thursdays at 7:00 at Heroes Comics...

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Jim Helton & Church/State issues in Grant Co Public Schools

This episode features guest speaker Jim Helton talking about issues involving the separation of church and state in Grant County Kentucky and what the Tri-State Freethinkers are doing to defend the rights of non-believing citizens there. Also, we talk about some weird Christmas traditions and how non-religious families celebrate the holidays.  One weird holiday tradition we talked about is the ‘caganer’ that is displayed with Nativity scenes in Catalonia, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. It doesn’t get much weirder than this. “A Caganer (Catalan pronunciation: [kəɣəˈne], Western Catalan: [kaɣaˈne]) is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation appearing in nativity scenes in Catalonia and neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia, and Northern Catalonia (in southern France). It is most popular and widespread in these areas, but can also be found in other areas of Spain (Murcia), Portugal, and southern Italy (Naples). The name “El Caganer” literally means “the crapper” or “the shitter”. Traditionally, the figurine is depicted as a peasant, wearing the traditional Catalan red cap (the barretina) and with his trousers down, showing a bare backside, and defecating.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caganer    Upcoming Events around Kentucky The details for Secular Secret Santa for American Village mentioned in the podcast can be found at https://kysecularsociety.org/2016/12/secular-secret-santa-for-american-village/   Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers Featured Events Tom Flynn, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism Monday, December 19, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM...

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November 2016: Nathan Burns

This month’s special guest is Nathan Burns, who tells how he went from being a deacon in a black Baptist church to being an atheist.  Also, we discuss Bill Maher’s recent interview about atheists with President Barack Obama, the ‘Bible Literacy Bill’ currently being considered by the Kentucky legislator, and the lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to recuperate lawyer fees.    Links to the upcoming events mentioned in today’s podcast: Louisville Atheists & Freethinkers Monday, November 14: Jeff Wise: Former Baptist Minister on “Poetic Naturalism” Jeff Wise is a former Baptist Minister. He will discuss “Poetic Naturalism” — Sean Carroll’s conceptual framework for understanding the universe and our place in it. Monday, December 19:Tom Flynn, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism: THE DEMOGRAPHY OF UNBELIEF Reasonable Living every Sunday at 10AM Something’s Brewing every Wednesday at 730PM Humanist Forum of Central KY (Lexington) Thank God The Election is Finally Here Heathen Hall in Lexington, Kentucky David Middleton is going. Tue Nov 8 at 7 Atheist Encounter ? Every Monday at 7 Louisville Families Beyond Belief  Saturday, November 19, 2016: Little Babies (0-2 years) Playdate  Tri-state Freethinkers Wed Dec 7 at 7PM Identifying Church/State Violations & The ACLU Wed Nov 9 Dinner & a Movie: Dr Strange   Owensboro Area Humanists (You will need to join their group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/owensboro.area.humanists/ in order to view the event links.) Nov 12 12PM OAH Faith Fest Day...

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